Peace of Mind in Power Outage Season

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Last week Gene and I attended a press event in Wisconsin hosted by Generac, the company who make generators that keep a home’s systems and appliances working when there’s a power outage. You only have to experience a weather event that knocks out power once to appreciate an uninterrupted power source.  When power goes out in a winter storm or hurricane, for example, the lights go out, the food in refrigerators and freezers begins to spoil, and there’s no way to charge cell phones. Your sump pump stops working and rainwater floods the basement. You can’t even access your car if it’s parked in a garage with an electric garage door opener.

Home improvement expert Danny Lipford led us on a tour of a lovely estate on the shores of Lake Geneva where Generac units power the multi-level stone home. He talked about preparing a home for damaging weather conditions like having an emergency kit and keeping gutters clean so downspouts can drain properly. For those living in coastal areas, having a shutter system to protect window glass from damage was a key message as well as being prepared before a storm before it hits.

We were escorted on a factory tour in Whitewater where their residential stand-by units powered by propane and natural gas for homes were produced. Generac also manufactures commercial units to supply power to large facilities like hospitals and telecom centers, as well as a line of portable units and power washers.

Being prepared for a power outage is always important to maintain a home, and it’s especially crucial for those living in coastal areas where the threat of heavy winds and flooding can knock out the power source for several days. Many of us on the east coast remember the havoc Hurricane Sandy caused just two years ago.  Hopefully it won’t be needed often, but a generator can give homeowners confidence and peace of mind when a storm threatens their home.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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